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French Fancies: Nice work, Le Mans race downwards, PSG au revoir to Becks

Monsieur Salut: sisha for a soothsayer

Our last look of the season at French football takes in ups and downs and (tenuous) Sunderland links at both ends of the table … The poster for Jonny Wilkinson’s Toulon rugby club at the nearby Toulon-Hyères airport gives you an idea of which shape of ball matters most in the area Monsieur Salut calls […]

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French Fancies: how L’Equipe saw Liverpool’s demolition of Newcastle

Jake: l'artist

Salut! Sunderland is, of course, a gloat-free zone. We recognise that no mature Newcastle United supporter ever mocked Sunderland after the 7-1 defeat at Everton, 7-2 at Chelsea or indeed 5-1 at St James’ Park. So, not least in the knowledge that bad results lie ahead for us as well as them given the nature […]

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French Fancies: Newcastle 0 SAFC 3 un show unique, says L’Equipe

Jake: l'artist

It is not often that a Sunderland game features so prominently in the French press. Even though the sports daily, L’Equipe, covers the Premier League reasonably well, you can guess which teams dominate their columns. Today is different. Paolo Di Canio’s exuberant celebration of each goal at St James’ Park gets the generous illustration you […]

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French Fancies: the shame/la honte of PSG. Allez Steed and OL

Monsieur Salut: sisha for a soothsayer

Very soon, Steed Malbranque and his mates will kick off for L’Olympique Lyonnais at Stade Brestois. Sadly, only an 11-0 win would take Lyon back to the top of Ligue 1, but any win would at least put them on equal points with Paris Saint-Germain. (Update: they didn’t score 11, managing only a 1-1 draw) […]

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French Fancies: Beckham’s PSG flick and Toure’s sensational Brest dive

Monsieur Salut: sisha for a soothsayer

A booming burst of Hey Jude, the familiar broad Essex smile and a clever flicked pass to helped Ménez set up the second Paris Saint-Germain goal, off the knee of Zlatan Ibrahimovic, otherwise poor to the extent of being whistled at by his own fans, are on French lips today. But David Beckham’s debut for […]

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French Fancies: ‘below-par’ Steed makes two, puts Lyon top as PSG flop again

Jake: l'artist

Stop press: Dec 2 – PSG lose at Nice – YES!! – while Steed’s Lyon beat Montpellier to go five points clear at the top pending Marseille’s later game … French Fancies makes a brief appearance amid all the understandable glee inspired by only Sunderland’s second victory of the season. Fans of Steed Malbranque and […]

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French Fancies: Steed shines in defeat, Marseille flop, PSG rampant

Jake: l'artist

For those who like my occasional updates from the French league, the big news of the weekend was that Paris Saint-Germain and Marseille chose in different ways to reinforce the idea that it is PSG and the rest in Ligue 1. (more…)

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French Fancies: Steed stars as Lyon chase Joey Barton’s new Marseille pals

Jake: l'artist

Salut! Sunderland was happy to report recently that Steed Malbranque, so often impressive for Sunderland, had ended his break from football and won a one-year deal at Lyon, one of France’s top three and the club where he started out. (more…)

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French Fancies: Steed to Lyon, PSG stutter, Bordeaux forgiven over Chamakh

Jake: l'artist

Image: addick-tedKevin Top news from France: our old favourite Steed Malbranque, having walked out on Saint-Etienne soon after joining them from Sunderland last summer, has landed on his feet. (more…)

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French Fancies: wonderful climax for Montpellier. PSG denied, hurrah

Jake: l'artist

Like many others who watch French football, I have a soft spot for Auxerre. Not just because I love Burgundy, but because the football team – they were managed for 36 years by the same man, Guy Roux – seemed for so long a stable fixture of the French game. Tonight I found it in […]

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Sixer’s Rochdale Soapbox: Pints and points on the wet side of the Pennines

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Malcolm Dawson writes……..make no mistake. This was no walk in the park and Rochdale made us work hard for the […]

Sixer’s Sevens: Rochdale don’t make it easy but Sunderland get there

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John McCormick writes: I should have been there today but life got in the way, as it so often does. […]

Rochdale vs Sunderland: aiming to make it three wins in three

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The most important point to be made about tomorrow night’s game at the Spotland Stadium is that we must aim […]

Rochdale vs Sunderland: hard acts for Dale fans to follow

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Ahead of another important test for Jack Ross’s new-look squad, Salut! Sunderland poses a few questions to Rochdale fans in […]

View from the West Stand: Willis and Maguire leave Portsmouth pointless

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Malcolm Dawson writes……..In a week in which a young bride excitedly looking forward to her honeymoon, wakes to find she […]

Sixer’s sevens: Portsmouth make it heavy at the Stadium of Light

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John McCormick writes: Let’s not quibble. We were not good. However, we had enough character to come back from a […]

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